Mayor Monique de Boer said she was evacuating all residents to prevent them from inhaling toxic fumes
Around 4,000 people who live in the small town of Herkenbosch in the south of the Netherlands were forced to leave their homes early on Wednesday due to a large fire in a nearby nature reserve.
Mayor Monique de Boer said in a statement she had decided to evacuate all residents to prevent them from inhaling toxic fumes in the smoke created by the fire.
The evacuation started just before midnight on Tuesday, and the whole town had been sealed off around 6 am (0400 GMT), local TV station L1 said.
No injuries were reported.
The fire in the De Meinweg nature reserve, on the Dutch-German border around 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Amsterdam and 50 km west of Dusseldorf, has been raging since Monday.
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Fire forces 4,000 inhabitants to flee Dutch village
Around 4,000 people have been driven out of their homes in a village in the southern Netherlands due to a fire burning in a nearby nature reserve.
Some 4,000 people were forced to leave their homes in the village of Herkenbosch in the southern Netherlands early Wednesday morning as smoke from a large wildfire in a nearby nature reserve wafted over the town.
In a statement, Mayor Monique de Boer said she had decided to evacuate residents as a precaution to protect them from inhaling toxic fumes created by the flames.
"In the times we're living through — the corona era — we don't take the decision lightly to move people from home to evacuation centers,'' De Boer said.
People began evacuating the town just before midnight on Tuesday local time. Since Wednesday at 6 a.m., the whole town has been sealed off, a local television station reported.
No injuries have been reported.
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